U.S. state police chief punished over National Football League protest criticism

by Abel Hampton October 23, 2017, 1:10
U.S. state police chief punished over National Football League protest criticism

Her suspension was ordered by Governor Snyder on Thursday, who says Col. Etue must still report to work for those days and demonstrate outstanding leadership by example to the men and women under her command.

Kriste Kibbey Etue posted a condemnatory status about NFL players who don't honor the national anthem before games. It called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "degenerates". "We stand with the heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates".

Etue has apologized, but critics - including African-American state legislators and community activists - have been unconvinced, calling for her firing or resignation.

"With a belief such as this, how can we... trust the director of the State Police to run the department without bias?" The group says the petition has been signed by over 85,000 people, all demanding Governor Snyder remove Col. Etue from her position.

"Colonel Etue used her stage to racially attack these fearless men as "ingrates" and "degenerates" for voicing their opinions", Robinson said in a release. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, vice-chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and a former Wayne County sheriff's officer, said that while he wanted Etue to resign, it is time to "move forward and concentrate on things that will make the state a better place".

The department said it would stop high-speed pursuits in Detroit, except in cases of serious crime, after a white trooper who was inside his patrol vehicle shot a black teenager with a Taser.

Talk about a change in the culture of state government overall is merely window-dressing, Reed said, because the environment fostered by MSP leadership allowed the August 26 crash death that resulted from the MSP Taser shooting, he said. The trooper has resigned and is the subject of a criminal investigation. He also said his administration will develop "cultural awareness and sensitivity training guidelines" within all state government.

"That's not enough", said Denzel McCampbell of the liberal group Progress Michigan, which joined with the national racial justice organization Color of Change in collecting the online signatures, of which he said almost 4,000 came from Michigan residents.

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